Thursday, April 08, 2010

The growing influence neocons have in the world of sports

"... Ari Fleischer is yet another example of the growing grip that neocons have on sports..."
Patricia Nell Warren reports:

When he resigned his White House job in 2003, Fleischer was recruited by IMG, who saw a place in sports for the man’s image-massaging-and-crisis-managing skills.

Today his PR firm, Ari Fleischer Sports Communications, has a 50-percent partnership with IMG. And IMG produces Stars on Ice.

Along the way, in 2007, Fleischer started a neocon lobby group, Freedom’s Watch, that has strong ties to Dick Cheney and the Christian right. He is also a board member of the Republican Jewish Coalition.

In 2007, Fleischer was compelled to “manage” the RJC’s crisis when it got caught doing an anti-Muslim mailing. The material was aimed at getting U.S. Jews to be tighter with the Christian Zionist movement. Part of the mailing was sent out on the Christians United for Israel postal permit.

This puts the RJC, and Fleischer, in the lap of CUFI’s founder and national chairman, Bible-thumping preacher John Hagee. And we all know how much Hagee likes “homosexual sinners.” READ MORE


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